Drat! Wish I hadn't spent all my Christmas money on presents for the family. There are plenty of other gifts I'd like to distribute this holiday season.
But, it's the thought that counts. So, lacking a purse laden with coins, instead I'll just provide a list of the gifts I hope these lucky people receive. As you'll see, some of the gifts are available in stores, others, well, let's just say that Santa will have to pull off some big time magic.
If I've left you off my list, I apologize. For some of you who made the list, I apologize to you, as well.
Tom Paul-a Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus.
Bob Stockwell-a 2007 free of any lawsuits.
Bengie Aguilar-a sympathetic city council that listens when you tell them not everybody in Sunnyside has money.
Carol Stone-a new set of garden tools. Surely you've worn out your old spades and shovels and hoes spearheading the clean-up efforts of the beds at the Central Park guardrail.
Dr. Rick Cole-an abacus. With a general fund budget totaling nearly $60 million this year, I'm afraid I can't afford a computer powerful enough to tally up all those bucks.
Dr. Sandra Pasiero-Davis-a copy of the state's open public meetings rules and regulations.
Roger Hazzard-lots of hungry appetites, all craving baked goods and luncheon fare from your new bisto and bakery.
Travis Sams-a bouncing baby boy to complement that newest member of your family, as well as a second straight seat at the world's biggest poker extravaganza..
Irma Bottineau-a pair of aces that hold up.
Ken Bottineau-smooth sailing on the river.
Norm Childress-Greg Raymer sunglasses.
Rob Rice-one bad beat after another, after another, after...
Bob Rice-lots of rain and wind and cold temperatures...OK, I'm jealous of you Snow Birds.
Wayne Linder Jr.-an NHRA Division 6 title.
Layne Linder-to always be as dialed in as your dad.
Mark Marro-an assistant who knows how to prepare a game summary stat sheet, as well as one who knows how to turn it in before press deadline.
Dean Wagenaar-news that Larry and Joan Den Boer have secretly been home-schooling a third son, and that he's now of high school age and feverishly wants to wear a Knights uniform.
Lance Den Boer-a 500-point senior season at CWU.
Steve Urrutia-a pair of pure shooters, one for each 60-second shift. You'll need them against the likes of Kamiakin, Southridge, Kennewick, West Valley, Eastmont, etc. etc. etc.
Leo Gomez-an unlisted telephone number.
Scott Linehan-continued success and a wild card berth.
Tina Peabody-a babysitting contract, because I can't see much evidence of any real coaching going on.
Miguel Puente-a campaign manager that knows bigger and better things might lie ahead.
Chad Werkhoven-a gentle nudge, firm enough though to prod another run at city council. Traits such as experience and the resolve to research an issue down to the nuts and bolts should be put to use for the general good of all.
Greg Schlieve-continued and growing financial support for the expansion of Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown Sunnyside.
Bill Daley-a new football field.
Jesse Hernandez Jr.-lots of Sunnyside folks looking to invest their money.
Dan Newhouse-savvy Democrats who realize that good ideas can come from the other side of the aisle.
Bob Hall-yet another club championship title at Black Rock Creek.
Jeff Bender-two dozen Pro-V 1's, which in turn can be re-gifted to my namesake.
Corey Russell-a timing belt, set of sparkplugs, battery, water pump, spare tire...with your luck I'm sure you'll need one or all of the above sooner or later.
Michael Kantman-straight A's and a speedy path towards your new career in education.
Kieth Miller-senior tee blocks.
Ed Radder-a bathroom camera.